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Tales from the German, comprising specimens from the most celebrated authors


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Musæus, J.H. [!] Libussa.--Schiller, F. The criminal from lost honour.--Hauff, W. The cold heart.--Immermann, K. The wonders in the Spessart.--Hauff, W. Nose the dwarf.--Velde, C.F. van der. Axel: a tale of the Thirty years' war.--Hoffman, E.T.W. The Sandman.--Kleist, H. von. Michael Kohlhaas


Publisher New York, Harper & brothers
Pages 476
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language English
Call number nrlf_ucb:GLAD-50435598
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Book contributor University of California Libraries
Collection cdl; americana

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Reviewer: stbalbach - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2011
Subject: Michael Kohlhaas

Table of Contents:

Libussa. BY J. H. MUSJEUS
The Criminal From Lost Honour. BY FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
The Cold Heart. BY WILHELM HAUFF
The Wonders In The Spessart. BY KARL IMMERMANN
Nose, The Dwarf. BY W. HAUFF
Axel. BY C. F. VANDERVELDE
The Sandman. BY E. T. W. HOFFMANN
Michael Kohlhaas. BY HEINRICH VON KLEIST
The Klausenburg. BY LUDWIG TIECK
The Moon. BY JEAN PAUL FRIEDRICH RICHTER
The Elementary Spirit. BY E. T. W. HOFFMANN
St. Cecilia ; Or, The Power Of Music. BY H. VON KLEIST
The New Paris. BY J. W. GOETHE
Ali And Gulhyndi. BY ADAM OEHLENSCHLAEGER
Alamontade. BY HEINRICH ZSCHOKKE
The Jesuits' Church In G___ . BY E. T. W. HOFFMANN
The Severed Hand. BY W. HAUFF

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"Michael Kohlhaas" by Heinrich von Kleist is probably the most important work in this volume. The translation is ca. 1844 so you have to work through the Victorian prose, but it's worth it (free) and it adds to the period flavor that modern translations smooth over. "Michael Kohlhaas" is about a 16th century horse-dealer who takes the law into his own hands to revenge a wrong after local officials refuse to help him. It was one of Kafka's favorite stories, and E. L. Doctorow's 1975 novel Ragtime is a "deliberate homage". The story is essentially about law and order, specifically what happens when a culture of law no longer functions as it should (corruption and nepotism) and merchants take matters into their own hands to achieve justice. It's similar to a Romanian story I reviewed earlier The Lucky Mill (1881), which is also about a merchant who is abused by local strongmen, oppressed by a corrupt government and seeks justice through violence. The 19th century was a Democratic Age (Harold Bloom) and these stories encapsulate the ideals and dreams of the middle-class for freedom from Aristocratic absolutism.

Update: Found a more recent public domain translation that is easier reading.

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